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Can J Vet Res. 2011 Apr;75(2):157-9.

Telemetric measurement of body core temperature in exercising unconditioned Labrador retrievers.

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Veterinary Sports Medicine Program, Canine Detection Research Institute, Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, Alabama 36849, USA.


This project evaluated the use of an ingestible temperature sensor to measure body core temperature (Tc) in exercising dogs. Twenty-five healthy, unconditioned Labrador retrievers participated in an outdoor 3.5-km run, completed in 20 min on a level, 400-m grass track. Core temperature was measured continuously with a telemetric monitoring system before, during, and after the run. Data were successfully collected with no missing data points during the exercise. Core temperature elevated in the dogs from 38.7 ± 0.3°C at pre-exercise to 40.4 ± 0.6°C post-exercise. While rectal temperatures are still the standard of measurement, telemetric core temperature monitors may offer an easier and more comfortable means of sampling core temperature with minimal human and mechanical interference with the exercising dog.

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